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Volume 17, Number 2
January 27, 2017



Environmental Educational EXPO: Mark your calendars for the 2017 Environmental Education EXPO slated Feb. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oklahoma City University’s Sarkey’s Science and Math Center. The theme is “Putting the STEM in S.T.E.M.” Lynn Malley, Extension solid waste management specialist, will be one of the featured speakers and will share information about composting and how to use our food in better ways rather than putting it in landfills. Other topics on the agenda include a variety of gardening-related topics such as edible gardens, sensory gardens, school orchards and forests, aquaponics, worm composting, successful school gardens and more. Registration is $40 for professionals and $20 for full-time students and retirees. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who are interested may register here.


Save the Date: The 2017 No-till Oklahoma Conference will take place March 7-8, 2017, at The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee. Early registration is $125 and due by Feb. 17. After that date, registration is $150. Registration information is available here.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • L-461 Native Woodborers and Emerald Ash Borer Look-alikes
  • AGEC-6229 Beef Cull Cow Management and Marketing Alternatives
  • NREM-2900 Tools for Rangeland Management and Assessment: Ecological Site Descriptions
  • NREM-2901 Tools for Rangeland Management and Assessment: Web Soil Survey
  • PSS-2175 Importance of Herbicide Application Timing on Winter Canola

Revised publications include:

  • CR-6242 Weed Control in Pecans, Apples, and Peaches

Condolences to: Doug Maxey, Agriculture and County Extension Director, Okmulgee County, on the death of his father. Donald Ray Maxey, Sr., passed away Jan. 12. Funeral services took place Jan. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Beggs. Memorials may be made to the Wagoner Chapter of the Riders United 4 Children. Cards may be sent to Doug in care of the Okmulgee County Extension Office, 1901 N. Oklahoma, Okmulgee, OK  74447.

Condolences to: The family of Joe Maxson, retired Horticulturalist, Southeast District. He passed away Jan. 12. Funeral services took place Jan. 17 at the Northwest Church of Christ in Durant. He had an extensive Extension career, serving as a 4-H Educator in Bryan County from 1965-1972. The family moved to Washington County where he served as a 4-H Educator. He later became the 4-H Youth Development Horticultural Specialist and developed and produced the Oklahoma Gardening television program, serving as host during the show’s first two years. He later returned to Durant to serve as the Extension Agriculture Educator, then as the Southeast District Horticulturist until his retirement.

Condolences to: The family of Glenna Ott, former Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County (1974-1977), and former 4-H Staff Assistant, State 4-H Office (1978-1979). Glenna passed away Jan. 15. A celebration of life took place Jan. 23 at McFarlin Memorial Church in Norman. Glenna and her family have been long-time supporters to the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. Memorials may be made in her honor to the Gibson Family Memorial Scholarship through the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, OK  74078. Cards may be sent to her husband, Sam Ott, 18914 Thunder Ridge, Norman, OK  73072-8754, or her son, Derrick Ott, 204 S. University Blvd, Norman, OK  73069.


Extension Pair Receive Highest Honor: Greg Highfill and Nathan Anderson were awarded the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s most prestigious field staff honor recently. They each received the Distinguished Educator Award. The Distinguished Educator Award was designed to truly honor excellence in the Extension profession. Fewer than 4 percent of educators will receive this award during their career.
     Nathan is the Agricultural Educator and County Extension Director for the Payne County OSU Extension office. His Extension career spans 30 years and began in Texas. He has been with Payne County for more than two decades, having started in 1995. During this time, he has secured more than $4 million in funding for Payne County Extension. Nathan has been lauded by a host of private and public agencies and organizations at the county and state levels for his insights and tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for residents, their families and their communities. He was instrumental in securing funding for a full-time horticulture educator. He has tackled various leadership responsibilities, including serving as first vice president, president-elect, past president and president of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents. Congratulations Nathan!
     Greg begin his Extension career in Woodward County in 1984 serving as the 4-H Educator. Just over a year later he took on the role of Northwest District Extension Livestock Specialist, where he served until 2012. Woods County Extension became his home where he serves as the Agriculture/4-H Youth Development Educator, a role he continues, along with serving as the County Extension Director. Greg is particularly renowned throughout the region for his key roles in many of DASNR’s most timely, relevant and successful cattle-oriented educational programs. He was instrumental in acquiring major funding for the Wheatland Stocker Conference, Commercial Receiving Lot Conference, and OK Steer Feedout. In addition, Greg is the author of numerous publication, articles, and research reports. He has served as OAEAA president and vice president, as well as served on the Board of Directors. Congratulations Greg!

ESP Members Receive Recognition: Several members of Epsilon Sigma Phi were recognized during the recent CED meeting. Award winners include:

  • Arleen James, Texas County, Administrative Leadership Award and Multicultural Award
  • Shelley Mitchell, 4-H Youth Development Horticulture Specialist, Early Career Service Award
  • Nancy Arnett, District 4-H Program Specialist, Northeast District, Mid-Career Service Award
  • Tracy Lane, CED, Tulsa County, Distinguished Service Award



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    Title Changes/Transfers

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    Family and Consumer Sciences

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    4-H Youth Development

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    Area Positions

    Area Extension Agriculture Economist, SW District

    Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, SE District

    Internal Applicants Only

    Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kay County

    Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Alfalfa County

    Extension Educator, Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Grady County


    January 27: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
    January 31: Career Ladder Training (Adobe Connect)
    February 3: 2017 Environmental Education EXPO (Oklahoma City)
    February 4: Horse Topic Communication Contest (Stillwater)
    February 16: Basics of Wheat Proteins and Quality (Adobe Connect)
    February 17: 4-H Bright Nights (Oklahoma City)
    February 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience: Helping Parents Help their Children (Purcell)
    March 1: Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Altus)
    March 4: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
    March 7: 2017 No-Till Oklahoma Conference (Shawnee)
    March 21: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Stillwater)
    March 23: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (TBA)
    March 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
    March 25: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)
















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